Today we live in a fast-paced digital world. And increasingly, towns and municipalities are expected to keep pace. Close to home here, I can say that the Town of Los Gatos is doing just that. In fact, it recently updated its network to allow for more future-ready capabilities—for the town library and many other services, as highlighted in the video, “Building Networks that Last.”
After attending the opening of the Los Gatos Public Library (LGPL) earlier this month, my perception of what a library is and what it can be has changed forever. With a completely new ‘green’ building and state-of-the-art technology throughout, the library has thrown out its old ways and stepped up to meet the needs and desires of the 21st century.
Recognizing that we are dependent on the internet, the library has updated its wireless to the high-speeds of 802.11n and has added 29 new double booting iMacs. Adjusting to the increase of people working remotely and wanting a place to work, LGPL has provided ample seating –some group spaces and others more private –all with outlets nearby or built into the tables. Hundreds of windows and study rooms with glass walls allow a generous amount of natural light into the library, creating a pleasant atmosphere and saving energy at the same time. It has also ditched the old rules of no eating or talking, so people can answer cell phones and have snacks while they work.
Today, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Lightwire, which develops optical interconnects for high-speed networking applications. This acquisition provides Cisco with complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) photonics technology, which will enable service providers and data centers to meet the growing demands of video, data, voice, mobility, and cloud services. This is an exciting milestone in our goal of delivering cost-effective, high-speed networks with the next generation of optical connectivity.
By acquiring Lightwire, we continue our long-standing tradition of bringing world-class talent into the Cisco family. Lightwire brings a strong team with cutting-edge expertise and thought leadership in silicon engineering, including a Kal Shastri, Lightwire Founder and CTO, who will be joining Cisco as a Distinguished Engineer.
The Lightwire acquisition is a great example of Cisco’s commitment to build, buy, and partner to drive innovation; it also supports our strategy to drive market leadership in the core, one of Cisco’s five foundational priorities, and is a strong follow-on to the acquisition of CoreOptics, another key acquisition in the advanced silicon arena. Together, they will enable cost-effective, scalable, converged packet-optical networks to address the needs of our customers and continue Cisco’s long track record of technology innovation and leadership.
I don’t know about you, but I can get easily frustrated trying to sort out home network issues. When my connectivity goes wonky, I’m left wondering if it’s my modem/router, my service provider, or user error (hard to believe, I know). And that’s coming from someone with an engineering degree. Things would be simpler and less aggravating if I only had to place one phone call to problem solve. Knowing how much this puts me out on just a personal level, I can’t imagine why some businesses would elect to deal with networking on a much grander scale using a similar model of various sources of accountability.
When you rely on multiple vendors to provision your network architecture, accountability becomes diluted. While you might think you’re mitigating risk by not putting all your eggs in one basket, you’re actually adding to the complexity, lengthening time for problem resolution, and ultimately, adding to your costs—thereby creating risks that can be even more problematic. But don’t take my word for it. Tune in to a special webcast featuring Deloitte Consulting at 8am, February 23. Deloitte will reveal its findings from an in-depth study comparing TCO and risk in single versus multivendor networks. In fact, here’s a quick preview:
You’ll also hear directly from two businesses that participated in the study: Pella Corporation and Cadence Design Systems. And, if you’re still a skeptic, join the live Q&A throughout the web cast, so you can pose your specific questions to experts from Deloitte and Cisco.
After you see the compelling results of this study, you might just find yourself single and loving it.
Cisco Australia has been working with Logica on a major upgrade to the communications network at Tasmania’s King Island power station. King Island is a small island approximately halfway between Tasmania and the Australian mainland and the upgrade is part of HydroTasmania’s AUD$46 million KingIslandRenewableEnergyIntegrationProject(KIREIP).
KIREIP is a project which exists to create renewable energy generation and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. To achieve this, a portfolio of old, new and experimental products are brought together which will increase renewable energy use, deliver reduced carbon emissions, all the while maintaining the quality and reliability of the power supply on the island.
Cisco Connected Grid technology has been added to the portfolio of environmentally friendly products used in this initiative. The Cisco ConnectedGridsolution includes ruggedized routers and switches that are specifically designed to handle the most demanding energy utility environments.
The report’s conclusion: a tsunami of mobile data traffic is headed our way, growing in size and speed through 2016 and likely beyond. Over the next five years, mobile data traffic worldwide will grow 18-fold!